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The Photographers Gallery

The Photographer's Gallery's newly-opened home is testament to the significance of this medium in contemporary culture. The sparkling new galleries showcase established and emerging talent from around the world.

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16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW

+44 (0)845 262 1618

www.photonet.org.uk

Getty Images Gallery

Prints, negatives and transparencies dating back to the 1850s, make up the vast collection that London's largest gallery holds. Whether you want to view the current exhibition or find a print, you'll be lost in the world of the still image.

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46 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DX

+44 (0)20 8221 7498

www.gettyimagesgallery.com/westfield-stratford.aspx

The British Museum

One of the world's oldest museums is home to hundreds of worldwide artefacts that chart human history and culture. The incredible glass roofed Great Court and Reading Room greets you at the main foyer and is worth the visit alone.

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Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

+44 (0)20 7323 8299

www.britishmuseum.org

Bonhams

A London destination since 1793, Bonhams is one of the globe's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques.

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101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR

+44 (0)20 7447 7447

www.bonhams.com

Sotheby's

An auction house like no other, Sotheby's has a long standing position in London's west-end. Since 1744, they have been dealing in the world's finest art, antiques and jewellery.

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34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA

+44 (0)20 7293 5000

www.sothebys.com

Albemarle Gallery

Located in the heart of Mayfair, London's renowned Albermarle gallery epitomises the clean lines and bright minimalism of the high-end London art scene.

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49 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JR

+44 (0)20 7499 1616

www.albemarlegallery.com

Handel House Museum

The Handel House Museum is dedicated to the life and work of George Frideric Handel, the German composer who made London his home in 1712. Fully restored to its Georgian splendour, the museum contains a plethora of Handel memorabilia, including many of his original manuscripts.

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25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB

+44 (0)20 7495 1685

www.handelhouse.org

Wigmore Hall

This unique music venue is best known for its classical recitals and for showcasing some of the world's most sought-after soloists. Located just behind Oxford Street, it offers a slice of culture beyond the bright lights of London's most infamous shopping street.

St. Christopher's Place

The network of paved streets around St Christopher's Place is a real find. Set in a unique continental-style environment, this area is home to an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and hub of stylish boutiques.

The Wallace Collection

Standing proudly at the top of Manchester Square, The Wallace Collection is set in a historic London townhouse. A beautiful discovery, this national museum is home to one of Europe's finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms & armour and porcelain.

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Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN

+44 (0)20 7563 9500

www.wallacecollection.org

Regent's Park

The vast greenery of Regent's Park offers a wide variety of activities, including an Open Air Theatre, the wonderful London Zoo and stunning rose gardens with more than 30,000 roses of 400 varieties. Well worth a wander in the sunshine.

Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Art showcases a large collection of works by Royal Academicians past and present, and also boasts a fine art library. One of the best ways to admire the collections is by taking a tour, which the majority of are free. Note - check for availability of spaces for the tours and talks before you go as you may have to book.

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Burlington House, London W1J 0BD

+44 (0)20 7300 8000

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of London's finest and most-visited parks. It hosts an array of activities and events from swimming and boating to concerts and exhibitions. Open throughout the year and extremely popular during the summer months, it's picnic perfect!

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London W2 2UH

+44 (0)300 061 2000

www.royalparks.org.uk

Buckingham Palace

You are cordially invited to tour Buckingham Palace and discover how the other half live. Learn about the work of the Royal Mews, The Queen's horses which draw the coaches and carriages and the livery worn by The Queen's coachmen. It's an educational, fun, and royal day out.

Somerset House

This stunning building is a major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London. Home to London Fashion Week twice a year, head down there and see if you can catch a glimpse of the world's fashion crowd dashing from show to show. It's also worth a visit at Christmas, when the courtyard is transformed into a glittering ice rink.

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Strand, London WC2R 1LA

+44 (0)20 7845 4600

www.somersethouse.org.uk

Sir John Soane's Museum

For a moment of calm in the buzz of central London, visit this neoclassical town house museum. Built in 1792 as a family home for Sir John Soane (one of England's greatest architects), take in the elegant antiques and art exhibited, as always intended by Sir John.

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13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP

+44 (0)20 7405 2107

www.soane.org

Goodwin's Court

Take a walk through this charming court, adjacent to St Martin's Lane, with buildings dating back to the 1600s. Step back in time and note the working gas lamps which light the passage, and the Georgian bowed windows which reveal their previous existence, as a row of shops. A real hidden taste of a historical London.

Royal Opera House

Home of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet and one of the most beautiful buildings in London, the Royal Opera House is Covent Garden's pride and joy. Enjoy a glass of chilled champagne before curtain up or during the interval at the stunning Paul Hamlyn Hall Champagne Bar and take in the glory of this wonderful icon.

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Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD

+44 (0)20 7304 4000

www.roh.org.uk

London Transport Museum

With a collection originated in the 1920s, the London Transport Museum tells the story of our city's iconic transport. From the classic red Routemasters to original tube carriages, it showcases London's transport heritage and is a must-see for anyone; Londoner or not.

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Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB

+44 (0)20 7379 6344

www.ltmuseum.co.uk

Curzon

One of London's premier independent cinemas, specialising in art-house world cinema, the Curzon is where the cool kids go to catch a flick. Its bar and a Konditor and Cook cafe offer today's cinema-goers a sophisticated experience and feels a million miles away from retail park hell.

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99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY

+44 (0)330 500 1331

www.curzoncinema.com

The Comedy Store

The finest comedy store in London, with the best of stand-up, topical and improvised comedy throughout the year, The Comedy Store is a must-visit if you need a giggle. Sit front row if you're willing to be stand-up fodder, otherwise cower at the back and snigger at other's misfortune.

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1a Oxendon Street, London SW1Y 4EE

+44 (0)20 7344 0234

www.thecomedystore.co.uk

Ain't Nothin But

If there's one thing central London can do well, it's jam to a bit of jazz and blues. If this hits your musical spot, then head to Ain't Nothin' But, London's original blues bar. With live blues every night you're sure to be tapping your toes in no time. There's even official merchandise you can snap up if you really love it.

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20 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PZ

+44 (0)20 7287 0514

www.aintnothinbut.co.uk